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Season 1 Episode 18

Blue Highways

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Apr 05, 1997 on NBC
8.3
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Blue Highways
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Sam and the VCTF investigate a series of fatal hit-and-run auto accidents on remote highways where the only clues are abandoned car hulks.

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  • A bit of a clunker that tries to do too much and ends up doing not enough.

    6.5
    The inverse of Crisis, this episode should work but doesn't. A truck driver is targeting and killing couples by running them off the road. George is injured in a hold-up. Malone has problems with his daughter.



    It should all work. The story with George has a potential to really delve into George's character. It somehow misses target. The story with Malone's daughter is the same way – unfortunately the dialog never rises above the cliché of teenage resentment and angst. The truck driver story has potential but just misses the payoff. Diagnosing the problem, it's an episode that's trying to do too much. You've got three potentially weighty stories but with more time none of them delivers the payoff. The gruesome conclusion of the truck driver story – the corpses in the back of the truck – should horrify instead it's icky. Better than episodes earlier in the season, Blue Highway doesn't realize its potential. A more focused approach would have allowed the episode to shine; instead, it muddles along, expertly done but not quite good enough to rise above the average.moreless
Ally Walker

Ally Walker

Dr. Samantha "Sam" Waters

Dennis Christopher

Dennis Christopher

Jack of All Trades / Albert Newquay

Erica Gimpel

Erica Gimpel

Angel Brown

Heather McComb

Heather McComb

Frances Malone

Julian McMahon

Julian McMahon

Det. John Grant

Peter Frechette

Peter Frechette

George Fraley

Peter James Smith

Peter James Smith

Danny

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Kate Williamson

Kate Williamson

Lillian Rutherford

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John Mahon

John Mahon

Detective Spitz

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